Hot Topic Inc, a mall-based specialty retailer of music-licensed and music-influenced apparel, has announced the appointment of Jerry Cook as chief operating officer, a newly created position. Cook has 25 years of experience in retail, most recently as president and COO of Travel 2000 Inc. From 1995 to 1998, Cook was senior vice president, Operations, for The Bombay Company Inc, and from 1989 to 1995 was vice president, Stores, and then vice president, general merchandising manager of Woman's World Stores. Prior to 1989, he held management positions with Barnes & Noble/B Dalton, The Gap Stores and the Limited.